It seems that Barcelona and Clément Lenglet are negotiating on a contract renewal in secret. So far, no one has reported on the matter but now, suddenly, the deal could be edging closer. His current one expires in 2023 so it would be smart to tie him down for longer, especially given his contributions as of late.
The French centre-back signed for Barcelona back in 2018 and even though, at first, he wasn’t the first choice on the team sheet, now he seems indispensable. And while it is a great story, the club are still very cautious.
As reports state, yes, Lenglet is negotiating on a contract renewal but won’t get a massive increase in salary. Why? Barcelona have already burned themselves with Samuel Umtiti, giving the defender a lucrative deal only for him to throw his career into the bin by rejecting surgery to compete at the World Cup.
Now, they can’t shift him and he’s also no longer a reliable option for the squad. For that reason, Lenglet’s contract will improve but won’t skyrocket by any means. Barcelona consider this as as precautionary action as well as easing the already bloated wage bill.
But as far as performances go, the Frenchman has been nigh impeccable for the Catalans and has filled Umtiti’s shoes extremely well. Not only that but he is growing into the club’s best defender as Gerard Piqué slowly declines.
His future seems great and if the reports are true, it’s also coloured in the Blaugrana. And that, of course, is excellent news for the club as a whole. With the backline being their weakest link, this should give them some security for the years to come.
So let’s hope it’s true and the parties come to an agreement sooner rather than later.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.